Bunnell, FL – Volusia County Sheriff’s Office (VCSO) K9 Endo helped deputies apprehend two armed suspects after they robbed a convenience clerk at gunpoint and led police on a high-speed chase (video below).
The incident began at approximately 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 20 at a 7-Eleven store in Ormond Beach, when two masked gunmen burst into the store and ordered the lone clerk to hand over cash from the register, WESH reported.
The clerk stuffed their duffel bag with the money as they held him at gunpoint.
The armed robbers grabbed the bag and fled the store, but soon found themselves being pursued by police as they traveled down U.S. 1.
The gunmen continued to flee at speeds of over 100 miles per hour, and ultimately drove over two sets of stop sticks.
The driver crashed in Bunnell, but the two suspects managed to bail out and ran into the woods, WOFL reported.
Bodycam footage showed VCSO K9 Endo as he took off into the woods with his deputy partner close behind.
A moment later, one of the suspects yelled out.
“Get your hands off of him!” the deputy ordered, as he ran up to see the man trying to get K9 Endo to release his leg.
“Ow! Ok I’m sorry!” the suspect squealed. “I surrender! I swear – he bite my leg off!”
With one armed robber in custody, the duo set off to find the second suspects in the woods, trudging through swampy areas.
A short while later, the second suspect hollered out in pain.
K9 Endo’s partner rushed towards him, and found the K9 latched on to the suspect’s leg.
The man immediately complied with the deputy’s commands to show his hands.
The suspects, later identified as Jamier Scott and Darryl Duffy, have both served time in prison in the past, WESH reported.
The 28-year-old men were treated for dog bites before they were booked into jail on their latest set of charges.
K9 Endo, a six-year-old German Shepherd, has been fearlessly serving the VCSO for many years.
In November of 2015, he was tracking a domestic disturbance suspect in the woods when the man shot him in the neck, WJAX reported.
Despite the severity of his injury, K9 Endo never faltered, and completed his mission before being rushed into emergency surgery.
In February of 2016, the VCSO awarded K9 Endo the Medal of Valor and the Purple Heart for his unwavering devotion to protecting others.
You can watch K9 Endo apprehend both armed robbers in the video below: